Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Apr. 2 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dumbo$4,702,33263%4,259--$1,104$53,574,1641Walt Disney Pictures
2Us (2019)$3,697,99538%3,7432$988$134,228,9602Universal Pictures
3Captain Marvel$2,522,85152%3,985-293$633$358,151,7744Disney
4Unplanned$896,74129%1,059--$847$7,974,6701Pure Flix
5Five Feet Apart$728,89254%2,846-20$256$37,023,9703CBS Films
6Wonder Park$704,92358%3,304-534$213$39,103,1023Paramount
7How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$552,88548%2,785-562$199$154,032,8559Universal / DreamWorks Animation
8Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$327,53742%1,923-264$170$70,574,9355Lionsgate
9The Beach Bum$255,21636%1,100--$232$2,205,9451Neon
10Gloria Bell$175,63454%1,127473$156$4,411,9194A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Mumbai$489,84263%924920$530$4,102,3842Bleecker Street
2No Manches Frida 2$107,37655%423-49$254$8,221,0353Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
3The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$82,99135%801-588$104$104,797,93810Warner Bros.
4Alita: Battle Angel$78,51231%676-763$116$85,052,752720th Century Fox
5The Mustang$76,56016%181143$423$1,144,5753Focus Features
6Apollo 11$64,99825%354-232$184$7,779,9015Neon
7The Upside$54,67946%456-191$120$107,578,71712STX Entertainment
8The Aftermath$50,63556%161135$315$656,7173Fox Searchlight
9Green Book$49,50051%447-394$111$84,567,15620Universal Pictures
10Fighting With My Family$43,39161%503-400$86$22,589,5847MGM
11Isn't It Romantic$39,41341%460-458$86$48,170,8657Warner Bros.
12What Men Want$33,46139%309-95$108$54,466,4838Paramount
13Captive State$19,45521%404-2145$48$5,935,2953Focus Features
14Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$18,98414%218-60$87$190,208,89716Sony / Columbia
15Aquaman$14,62024%214-39$68$335,038,56516Warner Bros.
16Bohemian Rhapsody$13,57721%101-73$134$216,118,0622220th Century Fox
18Cold Pursuit$10,69536%142-82$75$31,968,9988Lionsgate / Summit
19Happy Death Day 2U$9,68527%174-154$56$28,038,5107Universal Pictures
20Run The Race$7,29246%136-216$54$6,356,9486Roadside Attractions
21Cruel Intentions 20th Anniversary Rerelease$2,887-12%104-604$28$441,3412Sony Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ash is Purest White$8,23821%479$175$235,3943Cohen Media Group
2Arctic$6,34567%49-22$129$2,320,6389Bleecker Street
3The Kid$6,1465%77-90$80$1,463,5244Lionsgate
4Escape Room$5,90823%68--$87$56,802,71213Sony Pictures
5Mary Poppins Returns$4,91329%84-50$58$171,920,69415Disney
6Everybody Knows$4,63520%50-93$93$2,653,1908Focus Features
7The Favourite$4,6106%44-20$105$34,211,44419Fox Searchlight
8They Shall Not Grow Old$4,532-19%58-28$78$17,721,44115Warner Bros.
10Greta$3,99060%77-307$52$10,515,3755Focus Features
11Ralph Breaks the Internet$3,7875%92-53$41$201,053,96519Disney
12Faith, Hope & Love$3,62524%9-8$403$144,7103ArtAffects Entertainment
13Diane$2,341-6%3--$780$29,3071IFC Films
14The Invisibles$2,30048%8-4$288$343,03510Greenwich Entertainment
15The Wedding Guest$2,06025%44-49$47$375,6745IFC Films
16Free Solo$2,00322%30-12$67$17,495,66027National Geographic Entertainment
17A Star is Born$1,58622%55-109$29$215,285,61926Warner Bros.
18If Beale Street Could Talk$1,419-8%18-18$79$14,905,41616Annapurna
19The Prodigy$1,29013%25-45$52$14,850,6738Orion Pictures
20Cold War$1,020-60%171$60$4,576,12615Amazon Studios
21Screwball$86956%13--$67$10,0211Greenwich Entertainment
23The Kid Who Would Be King$64576%25-15$26$16,789,9761020th Century Fox
24This Magnificent Cake!$358337%20$179$5,8105GKIDS
25Cliffs of Freedom$23111%2-6$116$65,7095
26Racetime$61-56%133$5$1,873,54917Entertainment One